My Diabetes Art Day Submission

Happy #DArtDay!

People all over the world are making art today to celebrate Diabetes Art Day!  The concept (brought to life by the fabulous Lee Ann Thill) is so easy.  Just make a piece of art that reflects your feelings about diabetes.  No rules beyond that.

Check out and look at the submissions of others.

Here is the art that I made (click it to enlarge it):

Mike Lawson's diabetes art day submission lee ann thill dartday

Diabetes Art Day 2014 is coming!

diabetes art day logo lee ann thill art therapyDiabetes Art Day is so close I can taste it!

I’m a huge fan of the work that Lee Ann Thill does.  She’s a diabetes advocate and art therapist that started Diabetes Art Day in 2010 to encourage people touched by diabetes to engage in creative visual expression to communicate their experience with diabetes, connect with others and to raise awareness.

Diabetes Art Day this year is February 3rd.  All you have to do is make a piece of art that reflects something about diabetes that you want to share.  Then submit it to

I have found the experience of creating diabetes-art to be very therapeutic.  In fact, in recent years I’ve been surprised at how emotional some of this has been for me.  A couple of years ago I made this video of my experience:

mike lawson diabetes art day art done with syringe for insulinIf you plan on taking part in Diabetes Art Day this year, you could also help out by taking this pre-survey which will help Lee Ann study the effects of Diabetes Art Day.

The survey is a PRE and POST survey…so you have to give your email address so there can be a follow-up.  But filling out the survey doesn’t mean a hard commitment to participating in the art day.  JUST DO IT!

Can’t wait to see what you come up with!